Purpose was born from my pain:
My journey to this coaching career began with a prayer I prayed in 2006 “God, would you please use this unbearable pain for something good?”
I prayed that prayer because in 2005 I was diagnosed with severe depression after seeing a doctor because I was having multiple panic attacks each week. Six months later I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Six months after that I learned I had hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Six more months passed and our 2 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune condition that CANNOT be managed with diet alone). The following year my mother-in-law (who I loved dearly) was in cancer treatment. So within the span of a little under two years our family was facing multiple serious diagnoses. What’s that saying about what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? That’s the story of my life!
Darkness tried to destroy me, but light always wins!
Almost exactly 6 years to the day after we learned our son had Type 1 diabetes, our 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with two autoimmune forms of juvenile arthritis. I remember coming home from that appointment and screaming into my pillow while hot tears ran down my face. I had fought my own battle with rheumatoid arthritis (and was healed!) and I did not want to watch my daughter endure that same kind of pain. After years of suffering, despite lots of prayer, the best available forms of treatment, and a very clean diet, she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, which is incredibly common in people who struggle with long-term illness because of the way it impacts the brain.
My belief system grew darker because I had so many unanswered questions:
- What caused this pain?
- How long would my children have to suffer?
- If God is so good, how can he allow bad things to happen?
Even though I have been a Christian my entire life, dealing with everything on a daily basis that goes along with illness can take a toll on your mind, your relationships (with people and with God), your finances and so many other areas of your life. So I began a journey to learn truth – about who God is, how He loves, and what He desires for our lives. While I searched for truth, I searched for purpose – I wanted to find the keys that would empower me to overcome the chaos and fear and help others do the same. Today, I’ve been free of depression, anxiety, panic attacks and rheumatoid arthritis for more than ten years. I invited God to be my teacher, I asked Him to hand me every healing key that He had for me, and to show me how to live free of these conditions that I know He didn’t plan for me (or you!) I asked him to show me how to live in peace when I am still waiting for the answers to many faithful prayers I’ve prayed for my children and others to receive healing. I know what he does for one, he will do for another. He is so faithful when we dare to approach him. “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, because you dared to believe, your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart and be free from your suffering!” Mark 5:34
He’s shown me so.many.keys (that I’ve always had access to and you do, too) and I love teaching others how to access and utilize them. What the enemy meant to harm us, God will always turn around for our good! (Genesis 50:20)
WHY I STARTED COACHING:
I can’t keep what I’ve learned and lived to myself! Everyone deserves to live a life free of sickness, fear, doubt, and hopelessness. We were created to live in abundance, with more than we expect, life in its fullness until we overflow! (John 10:10) It is my honor and pleasure to walk alongside every client who puts their trust in me as I guide them along this path to pick up their keys and unlock their healing!